Sunday, December 9, 2012

Socialism at the EPA: Using environmental justice to spread the wealth

The Environmental Protection Agency has just shelled out $1.2 million of taxpayer dollars so 50 groups around the nation can advance their environmental justice agendas. What’s that?

According to the EPA, environmental justice is “the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people, regardless of race or income, in the environmental decision-making process.” The term came to being in the mid-1980s, but really ramped up usage a decade later as a proven method of advancing radical green agendas. Environmental justice fighters ponder such questions as, “Why do poor people have higher rates of asthma?” And based on the ensuing analysis and conclusion – that poor people may reside in housing that’s infested with cockroaches, whereas rich people do not – they then seek redress. What’s called for is some good old-fashioned income redistribution to level the playing field between the haves and have-nots.

Don’t agree? Well then, you’re guilty of environmental discrimination.

The EPA says its Dec. 6 grants will “enable non-profit organizations to conduct research, provide education and develop solutions to local health an environmental issues in low-income communities overburdened by harmful pollution.”

The money isn’t that much. One million is a drop in the bucket of federal coffers. It’s the agenda that’s problematic. Environmental justice is much less about promoting healthy air and water, and much more about pushing an elitist agenda using class warfare and socialist-minded politics.

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